Parents are always looking for ways to entertain the kids during the summer. One of the best ways to keep the kids happy while also getting to spend a lot of time with them is by watching movies. A trip to the theater is getting really expensive, so it is often best to stay at home watching films you own or those you can rent. These are some of the top four movies to watch with the family this summer. 

The Lion King

“The Lion King” is one of the greatest animated movies of all-time. The movie has incredible animation despite being released 25 years ago. The infectious songs are also just as fun to sing as they were during the first viewing. Watching “The Lion King” this summer is a great way to prepare for the live-action remake that is set to be released in July, and this film can be enjoyed by all ages.

Toy Story 3

One of the few films that can contend with “The Lion King” for best animated movie of all-time is “Toy Story 3.” The adventure of Woody, Buzz, and the others is filled with laughs, exciting action and drama. This ensures the heartfelt story will resonate with both kids and adults every time it is watched. This is a must-see movie this summer to refresh the mind before the sequel is released in theaters. If your family hasn’t seen the first two films in the series, watching one a week before visiting the theaters to see the new movie is a great way to build up excitement.

The Sandlot

If the kids are a little older, then they may not want to watch too many animated movies this summer. Luckily, there are still plenty of great films that teenagers will be happy to watch. With its focus on friendship and baseball, “The Sandlot” is the perfect summer movie. Make the day even more special by taking the kids outside for a game of catch after the movie is over, or by grabbing tickets for a game at a local baseball stadium. 

Harry Potter

As one of the most popular franchises of all time, the Harry Potter series is a hit with children and adults of all ages. Because families typically have more free time during the summer, aiming to watch the entire series can actually be accomplished. Begin with “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” and take the rest of the summer to watch the other seven movies in the franchise. You can also accompany this movie marathon by encouraging the kids to read the books before watching each movie; parents can enjoy the novels, as well, and together, your family can enjoy literature and film in a fun, engaging way.